Raul Rodriguez: Educator
Born in Cuba, but immigrated in 1980 at the age of nine thanks to the generosity of President Carter, and the foresight of my mother and father. If we spoke, you will have a hard time pinpointing my accent. It is a linguistic hotchpotch of English learned, and mastered through my time spent in Boston, NYC, Miami and now Texas. In fact, my student's often describe it as straight out of central casting for an Italian mob film. Whatever that means, it helps with discipline for some reason.
I have many interests. Among them is my love for Art, in all of its forms, but always starting with what the great Frank Lloyd Wright called the "Mother Art" - architecture.
Also, I am a photo-illustrator, which is another way of saying that I'm really good at Photoshop, and graphic design. Great skills for designing picture books like for weddings, or catalogs. In addition, my skills repertoire includes carpentry, construction, and 3-D modeling & cross-media additive/reductive manufacturing.
Through my 23 years of teaching, my students have kept me young. It is my sincere hope that my purpose to positively impact a life has extended everywhere beyond my classroom for each the students I have had the privilege of teaching. Student I had the privilege of teaching over ten years ago tell me that I did, and this is validation enough.